Dear Ms. Couch,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records Relating to the Proceedings for Holding the First Elections in the Territory of the District of Columbia, 1871-1871 in the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia (Record Group 351) that may contain some information related to your research. The series Letters Sent, 3/14/1871-6/20/1874 and Laws of the Legislative Assembly, 6/2/1871-6/20/1874 also contain some information about early elections in the District of Columbia. These records have not been digitized. For information about and access to them, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
In addition, we located the series Records of Early Joint Committees, 1789-1893 in the Records of Joint Committees of Congress (Record Group 128) that includes a resolution advocating equality of suffrage in the District of Columbia for all adult males. Next, we located 3 file units related to suffrage in the series Petitions and Memorials, 1817-1942 and 1 file unit related to suffrage in the series Committee Papers, 1817-1972 from the Committee on the District of Columbia in the Records of the U.S. Senate (Record Group 46). Plus, there are 4 file units related to suffrage in the series Petitions and Memorials, 1807-1946 and 1 file unit related to suffrage in the series Committee Papers, 1808-1994 from the Committee on the District of Columbia in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (Record Group 233). These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about these records.
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The Address and resolutions of the national equal rights league convention of colored men, held at Washington, D. C., January 10th, 11th and 12th, 1867 and An Act to regulate the elective Franchise in the District of Columbia from the Library of Congress may be useful for your research.
Finally, you may be interested in the United States Historical Election Returns Series developed by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you very much for the valuable information .Cheryl